The baby’s room is almost done now – just a couple more details to add, and that room will be the cutest thing I’ve ever been a part of. I don’t normally go in for cute, and this is not disgustingly so, but it’s definitely cute. As Jeff says, “When you’re in this room you can definitely tell we’re happy about the baby coming.” I will endeavor to take decent photographs of the whole thing once all the pieces are in place. Meanwhile, this is the window in the baby’s room. I show you this window because it is now happily festooned with gingham curtain panels I finished last Thursday.
You haven’t seen the rest of the room yet, but suffice it to say brown gingham was highly appropriate. Also, there is the fact that I have a thing for gingham. Gingham is definitely not something that appears often in my choices for decor and clothing. Usually if you’re an adult and still doing the gingham thing, it means you’re into a VERY different style than I’m into – shabby chic or countryish or something far away from my modern minimalism. But when I was little, I LOVED gingham. My room and clothing often featured red or blue gingham, and I loved each piece of it. Even my very favorite security blanket was red gingham.
These panels feature a lightweight 1/4″ brown gingham. I didn’t want to make them blackout curtains – the room faces a building, and doesn’t get a lot of light, so I didn’t want to darken things any more. Each curtain panel measures a ridiculous 63″ x 63″ – we have some very wide windows! It’s one reason I made curtains instead of buying them, because I needed them shorter and wider than purchased panels would be, and I didn’t want them to be lined. I constructed them so I have a choice of either using the hidden tabs or a curtain rod pocket. I’m using the hidden tabs now because I like the way the panels fall.
The curtains took me about five hours to finish, working at my pregnant-lady snail’s pace. I will tell you though, that they are extremely precisely measured. After all, the gingham pattern gives a clear 1/4″ measurement to follow! They’re also very thoroughly sewn. I tried to make them as nice as possible.
Aside from curtains, I’ve been busily working on a couple of other final room projects. You can see some of them in the picture above. After the curtains were done I had gingham fabric left over and after some consideration, I’ve decided to make a couple of pillow cases. The baby room was once a guest room, and contains a green daybed you can sleep on. I figure I’ll be napping there myself quite a few times as I get into to this motherhood thing, so I’m providing myself with pillows and a blanket. The pillowcases will have some sort of decoration on them – what, I don’t know – a crochet trim?
Also in the picture is some fleece for a blanket – I tried to sew a blanket binding on it last weekend, but the tension on my machine is really not behaving. I swore a bunch and got very cranky about it, which didn’t change the obvious fact that I’m going to have to come up with some other edging solution. Some of the orange fabric you see is the backing for a decorative scrap pillow.
In both pictures you can see evidence I’m working on the baby bibs, which are slowly getting Velcro sewn on them. My MIL sent me a snap tool to try, but the terry cloth is just too thick for snaps. Ah, well. There are also a couple of other projects shown that I have gotten myself into. It seems I cannot stop finding new things upon which I might possibly spend my time. If you’re keeping track, the pictures show:
- baby bibs getting velcro
- baby fleece coat and flannel pants pattern
- the baby scrapbook I’m customizing
- fleece blanket that needs edging
- decorative zippered scrap pillow
- gingham pillow cases
That’s beside the crocheted blanket I’m finishing, and I guess I shouldn’t mention there are an additional three projects in my sewing closet? … It’s an illness, I tell you. Crafting is an illness.